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  • Blog Post: Pricing and Packaging for Windows 8.1

    For consumers with Windows 8 devices today, Windows 8.1 will be a free update via an easy download from the Windows Store* starting on October 18th **. Windows 8.1 will be a must-have update for those devices - bringing new features and improvements such as greater personalization, Bing Smart Search...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 SP1 to start rolling out on Windows Update

    Starting tomorrow, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will begin rolling out automatically on Windows Update. Updating customers to Windows 7 SP1 is part of our ongoing effort to ensure continued support and improved security updates for customers who have not yet installed SP1. Windows 7 SP1 was previously...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Windows 7 at 1 Year – More than 240 Million Licenses Sold

    Today’s an exciting day! We are announcing that more than 240 million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold . Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history. As of September, Windows 7 was running on 93% of new consumer PCs and has over 17% global OS market share (according to Net Applications...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Customer Satisfaction Improves, Likely due to Windows 7

    The University of Michigan published their annual American Customer Satisfaction Index report earlier this week and Microsoft shows quite a jump. In 2009, our score was 70. For 2010, our score is 76 – our highest score on the report yet! Ed Bott published a blog post earlier this week diving deep...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Momentum Continues: 175 Million Licenses Sold

    Today is earnings day and Windows continues to have a strong showing. We announced a new milestone in Windows 7 sales - 175 million copies. This continues our record breaking pace of more than 7 copies sold per second. And as of today – Windows 7 is now running on more than 16% of all PCs worldwide...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Product Scout

    Let’s talk about choice. Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of Windows is choice – of how you want to use your PC, of hardware, of devices, of software and web apps. It is our amazing ecosystem of partners that brings choice to Windows 7 users with a vast array of products that extend and enhance their...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Compatibility Center: 17 markets in 12 languages to list over 100,000 products & new IE8 Tools

    I'm pleased to announce we've expanded support for the Windows 7 Compatibility Center.  The fantastic Windows 7 momentum continues with a 150 million licenses sold to date , so ongoing support for the huge number of products that work with Windows is critical. Since my first announcement on the...
  • Blog Post: Commercial release of Kinect for Windows hits Feb. 1st

    The sales for Kinect for the Xbox 360 have been amazing with 18 million sold this last year. The end result has been countless hours of incredible fun with family and friends dancing and playing sports in the confines of their living rooms. Kinect has also opened the door for developers and businesses...
  • Blog Post: Next Generation Surface Unveiled at CES 2011

    Yesterday, we lifted the covers off the next generation Microsoft Surface – or Surface 2.0 – at CES. Surface 2.0 represents an incredible collaboration between Microsoft and Samsung on the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface. In the Microsoft CES Keynote last night, Mike Angiulo (Corporate Vice President...
  • Blog Post: End of Support for Windows Vista SP1

    I wanted to remind folks that as of today July 12th, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is no longer supported. We recommend folks look at upgrading to Windows 7 which is the fastest selling operating system in history selling over 400 million licenses to-date . Windows Vista users can also use Windows Update...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 SP1 Follow-up

    Starting today, MSDN and TechNet Subscribers as well as Volume License customers will be able to download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) . Next week on February 22 nd , everybody else will be able to download SP1 from the Microsoft Download Center or Windows Update. As people...
  • Blog Post: Bringing more technology – including Windows 7 – to nonprofits!

    Microsoft currently has a nonprofit software donations program set up to help nonprofits gain access to the latest and greatest software from Microsoft. This program is available in over 100 countries across the world and since 1998 over $3.9 billion worth of software has been donated. Of that, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows SDK Announced

    Today on the Corporate Microsoft Blog, we announced that the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) will be hitting this spring for free. This SDK will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to Kinect. There has been a lot of interest by the community for enabling Kinect in Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Previewed Today at BUILD

    The keynote finished a few hours ago at BUILD where Steven Sinofsky and other members of his engineering leadership team shared a detailed preview of the next major Windows release codenamed “Windows 8” to the thousands of developers in attendance here in Anaheim. As I look around the...
  • Blog Post: Windows MultiPoint Server and LG’s Network Monitor

    Last week, LG and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership on the development and marketing for LG’s Network Monitor . When paired with Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 , LG’s Network Monitor can provide schools the ability to experience a high quality multi-user computing solution that’s easy to set...
  • Blog Post: The 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

    I’m a week late posting about this but I felt that it’s such an important topic that I should go ahead and still post despite being late. 20 years ago last Monday, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. With current estimates of 20% or more of the U.S. population having some level of...
  • Blog Post: Helping people around the world with our technology

    Our friends over at Microsoft Citizenship have numerous programs running worldwide designed to help create social and economic opportunities for people and businesses (such as nonprofit organizations) through the use of Microsoft technologies. To help tell stories of success and impact from these programs...
  • Blog Post: Chat About Windows and Microsoft Office with Microsoft MVP Experts

    My friends from the Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) Program asked me to pass this information on. They are hosting a online Q&A style chat open to anyone with our MVPs to discuss Windows 7 and Office 2010. October 14, 2010 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time Additional Time Zones Add...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft Surface 2.0 SDK Coming Next Week!

    Yesterday the Microsoft Surface Team announced that next week they will be releasing the Microsoft Surface 2.0 SDK and other tools for developers to start developing Surface applications for the next generation Surface device – the Samsung SUR40. Starting on July 12th, the SDK will be available for download...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 on last night’s Season Finale of Fringe

    WARNING: The below information could be considered “spoilers” for the Season Finale of Fringe which aired on FOX yesterday night. While I don’t go into significant details of the story or plot, I do however describe several scenes. Last night, FOX aired the finale of Fringe’s second season concluding...
  • Blog Post: 15 Years Later: Remembering Windows 95

    15 years ago today, Microsoft launched Windows 95. In 1995 I was 11 years old and in the 5th grade. At that time, I never thought that today I’d be working at Microsoft – let alone helping to tell the story of Windows. So this is a really fun and personal topic for me to recall my memories of Windows...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Hardware Acceleration and Third Party Hypervisors

    Working with VMware, Microsoft has identified an issue within Internet Explorer 9 that may prevent third party hypervisors from being able to take advantage of IE9's hardware acceleration feature. As a result, IE9 will default to software rendering when running in some virtual machines. Internet Explorer...
  • Blog Post: IDC: PC Rebound Continues With Growth Over 22% Despite Mixed Economic Outlook

    According to IDC, the global PC market grew 22.4% in the 2nd quarter of 2010 which is in line with their forecast of forecasted growth of 22.9%. I suggest giving the IDC press release a read if you’re interested in the seeing the break out of top (6) PC vendors and worldwide PC shipments. It’s great...
  • Blog Post: 400 Million Windows 7 Licenses Sold

    Today during the Day 1 keynote of our annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference , Steve Ballmer revealed that Windows 7 has officially sold 400 million licenses to-date. Our previous statement of 7 copies of Windows 7 sold a second continues to hold true. We continue to see excellent momentum for...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 SP1 Available via WSUS

    We’ve had a great response to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) through the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update. Windows 7 SP1 continues to roll out on Windows Update. For customers with IT departments, today we are making SP1 available on the WSUS (Windows Server Update...